Saturday, 29 August 2015
Tuesday, 25 August 2015
I used the translucent clay with the inks dripped onto it, which created some dots of colour.
I then used the scraps to make various beads and I think these were the most successful things I made from this technique. The colours showed through more effectively and the foils gave a shine through the layers. The effect was a little like mokume gane (click here for a previous post about that technique). I think this larger bead may become a centre of a tassel necklace with peridot, aquamarine, amazonite and apatite.
Thursday, 20 August 2015
You know how sometimes you see a technique being demonstrated and think. "Ooh, I need to have a go at that!"? Well, this happened to me with a faux dichroic glass technique being demonstrated using translucent polymer clay, gilding flakes and alcohol inks. I had all the equipment needed, so off I went.
So, my next step is to try again with foil rather than gilding flakes and perhaps also with paint, just to test the effects. I also need to try using stronger alcohol ink colours. I would love to be successful with the technique, so I shall keep trying.
Thursday, 13 August 2015
(photo collage created using picmonkey)It's that time when the garden just pauses before launching into the late summer and autumn plants. Stalwarts of the garden at this time are Hydrangeas and Hibiscus. I have had a bit of a love/hate relationship with hydrangeas in the past, but am loving them again, possibly as there are some really interesting varieties now. Above is a selection from my garden, all in pots with the exception of the middle picture on the bottom row, which is lucky enough to be in the border.
From top left, top row: Hydrangea Coco (I think, or it could be Fireworks); Hydrangea Sundae Fraise (which is starting to turn pink now, but began this lime green/white); and an unnamed Hydrangea
Middle row from left: Hydrangea Merveille Sanguine (which is really beautiful); Hydrangea Everlasting Summer Pink; Hydrangea Everlasting Summer The Bride
Bottom row from left: Hydrangea Dark Angel; Hydrangea Arborescens Annabelle; Hydrangea Dark Angel again. As you can tell, Dark Angel is my current favourite, closely followed by Merveille Sanguine, then Annabelle.
I couldn't resist another look at Hydrangea Dark Angel as I am fascinated by the creamy flowers/bracts which turn pink, then purple, surrounding bright blue flowers in the centre.
Some of the clematis are still flowering such as Clematis viticella Purpurea Plena Elegans, which is in a pot but which I do need to pot on. However, despite this, it is reliable and just stunning, with the velvety purple petals like pompoms.
Monday, 10 August 2015
There were a couple of plant stalls and I did buy two lavender plants as I haven't had much success in keeping lavender and would like to try one more time...
All in all, I did quite well, I think. Small things, easy to store and not costing too much money!
Monday, 3 August 2015
here). It does look a little pathetic at the moment, as the plants need to grow on a bit, but I hope that it will provide a splash of colour.
Thursday, 30 July 2015
Rasell's, in a village not too far away, called Little Bytham. I used to live not that far from Little Bytham but hadn't been back for many years. The nursery was full of well cared for plants and had planted borders which gave the visitor a good idea of how the plants would look in that situation.
Tuesday, 28 July 2015
I enjoyed a lovely day out last Tuesday, with my friends Katy and Alison. After a bit of research on where we could go, we plumped for Grimsthorpe Castle, which is about an hour away. I had visited before, but six years ago, so was very happy to go again and had a two for one voucher, so off we went. I took lots of photos of the gardens, so will split them into two posts.
Haddon Hall, near Bakewell.
Haddon Hall, near Bakewell.